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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-13-2005, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys,
finally ready to dive into this project. have all needed work done and parts pressed in.

The new rear bearings are in as well as the S/F Bushings, welded reinforments for rear sway bar to trailing arm mounting point.

any advise ?
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Old 04-13-2005, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice assortment of parts, looks like you got it well covered... I'll bet it goes together alot easier than it came apart . This is going to be my next project also. Just take your time and you should be just fine.

PS> Where did the sway bars come from??? THX & Happy Wrenching
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why do you have two 5-lug rotors? are you just changing the rear to 5-lug?
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Old 04-14-2005, 03:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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rears are 4 lugs, redrilled from 5 hole rotors. keeping 4 hole set up.
fronts are 2 piece type. the brakes are an early version of IE's Big Brake Kit.

sway bars are from Ireland Engineering ... Ireland Engineering Sway Bars

this is what i did so far...
- installed frame brake lines,
- rear sway bar,
- trailing arms into sub-frame,
- 3 jacks, raise whole assambly, wiggle in and attach old shocks to trailing arms., then you can pullback and forth on subframe assambly, line i up with S/F screws, dont forget washer between bushing and frame.









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Originally posted by fporro@Apr 14 2005, 04:34 AM
rears are 4 lugs, redrilled from 5 hole rotors. keeping 4 hole set up.
fronts are 2 piece type. the brakes are an early version of IE's Big Brake Kit.

sway bars are from Ireland Engineering ... Ireland Engineering Sway Bars

this is what i did so far...
- installed frame brake lines,
- rear sway bar,
- trailing arms into sub-frame,
- 3 jacks, raise whole assambly, wiggle in and attach old shocks to trailing arms., then you can pullback and forth on subframe assambly, line i up with S/F screws, dont forget washer between bushing and frame.










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Wowsa! Great setup, what'd all the parts run you? $$$ My car needs susp. upgrade BADLY, dont have the cash now but I think I am going to start with the sprins (so it'll look better to start..) I have recent struts in the front ( about 8 months old) They are BOGE, they are ok, not great, they tend to let the front end of the car come up a little high if you hit a good bump, recovers quick, dunno if springs are going to help/hurt... Either way, nice setup man!
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ok, i am going to be your "mom" here......but i have seen/heard way too may people hurt themselves while working on cars.........


run down to sears and pick youself up a good pair of jack stands......hell pepboys or the like carry fairly decent ones as well......they are super cheap, like 30 bones or so..........i like all the mods and the work, just want to make sure to have you around for many miles
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thanks man,it took me a little while to gather everything, uhm, it set me back about $ 3,500 bucks.

an economical way to drop the car is by swaping spring pads for thinner ones, +/- 1/2 drop.

you're the 3rd os so person that mentions jack stands, i'm working on the safe side, they're put of camera range. thansk never the less.

It's been a slow 2 days, Tax time.

Anyways, replaced the passanger side parking b. cable and painted the brake rotors and calipers. It seems that i'll need to reinstall rear brake back plates so i can attach parking brakes shoes to it. hahaha, PASS THE HAMMER !!!



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Will the H&R springs lower the car to the point where your going to need ajustable camber kits in the rear trailing arms ??? I need to do something about the negative rear tire camber on my 87 325ic. Not sure if I should go with eccentric poly's or go with the weld-ins. What was your choice in this matter ? THX
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